OLLI Outlook
The Monthly Newsletter of OLLI @Berkeley
August 2012
Message from the Director
In Memoriam: Jeff Lustig
Upcoming Events
Faculty Interview: Lise Pearlman
OLLI Email Forum - Join the project team
Call for Volunteers
OLLI Faculty Updates
On Campus and Around Town
A New Way of Learning: PLATO Society-style
The Lunch Bunch
Seeking Referrals
Social Activities
Member Benefits and Partner News
2012-13 Academic Calendar
Gift Certificates
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OLLI @Berkeley Staff
Susan Hoffman


Program Coordinator
Aileen Kim


Communications Coordinator
Satya Levine


Events Specialist 
Gerard Alcantara 


Research Assistant
Sandra von Doetinchem


Student Staff
Nika Allahverdi, Ramare Hopkins, Sabrina Liu, BriAnne Lynn, Tina Savong, Suna Wilkerson


OLLI @Berkeley
University of California
1925 Walnut St #1570
Berkeley, CA 94720-1570
tel. 510.642.9934
fax. 510.642.2202
Fall 2012 Registration Is Open
Fall 2012 registration is open and the brochures are on their way. Read course descriptions online or download a PDF of the brochure. If you are on our mailing list, you should be getting your brochure in the next 7-10 days. To join our mailing list, send an email to berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu or call the OLLI office at 510.642.9934.


Message from the Director
Director Susan Hoffman wanted to tell you herself how excited she is about the fall term. Watch this short video and see for yourself.
Fall 2012 Term - Director's Message
Fall 2012 Term - Director's Message
In Memoriam
OLLI instructor R. Jeffrey Lustig (1943-2012)
Read the obituary in the Sacramento Bee.


Upcoming Events


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Come visit the OLLI booth at the Solano Stroll. We'll be there with brochures sharing OLLI with the strollers. (Volunteers needed, see below.)



Are you an OLLI member 80 years of age or older? Fourth Age Salons are an opportunity for OLLI to better understand the learning needs and interests of members over 80.


The next Fourth Age Salon will take place on Monday, September 10, 2012, from 3:00-4:30 pm in Room 41C University Hall. RSVP (required) by calling Sandra von Doetinchem at 510.642.9407, or by sending an email to sandra.doetinchem@berkeley.edu.



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

10:00 am-12:00 noon (Doors open at 9:30 am)

RSVP online at http://goo.gl/qybH7  

Bring your friends! (Volunteers needed, see below.)  



Last year's potluck picnic was delicious and fun! Come out to the 2nd Annual Back-to-School Picnic on Friday, September 21, from 12:00-2:00 pm, at Live Oak Park Picnic Area #2 in Berkeley. Details to follow. (Volunteers needed, see below.)


Faculty Interview: Lise Pearlman 

By Don Queen


Retired Presiding Judge and author Lise Pearlman will join the OLLI faculty this fall to teach a class entitled "Landmark Trials of the 21st Century." She states that "It's a comparison of so-called trials of the century." In this course, the class will study and discuss which trial really deserves to be called "The Trial of the Century." The trials selected are different from those previously taught at OLLI, with no reading assignments.


Judge Pearlman grew up in Connecticut and was a member of Yale's first coed graduating class. The first major trial that Pearlman experienced was that of Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale in New Haven. Pearlman, along with other undergraduates, assisted in canvassing local neighborhoods for residents' views on the presumption of innocence. After receiving her degree in Classics, she moved to Berkeley in 1971 to attend Boalt School of Law. This was during the trial of The Black Panther's other co-founder, Huey Newton, for the murder of Oakland Police Officer John Frey. She notes that the trial nearly brought the city to a standstill.


In her third year of law school, Pearlman served as an extern for Justice Mathew Tobriner on the California Supreme Court, and later clerked for California's Chief Justice Donald Wright. She then served as a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School for a year before beginning civil litigation and appellate practice in Oakland. In 1984, Pearlman received widespread publicity as the first woman to be a managing partner of an established California law firm at the same time the U.S. Supreme Court was belatedly deciding whether it was possible for a woman to be a law partner. Five years later she was selected as the first Presiding Judge of the California State Bar Court, appointed by the California Supreme Court to oversee the panel of specialized judges handling attorney discipline cases statewide. Subsequently, Pearlman has served as a private judge arbitrating and mediating civil cases through Alternative Resolution Centers.


A frequent lecturer and panelist on programs for practicing lawyers, Pearlman co-authored her first book in 1985 on writing jury instructions in plain English. She also taught professional responsibility as a guest lecturer at Boalt Hall and Santa Clara University law schools.


Judge Pearlman has selected from her book, The Sky's The Limit: People v. Newton: The REAL Trial of the 20th Century? (Regent Press, 2012), trials such as Big Bill Haywood, the Scottsboro Boys, and Leo Frank, as well as the heretofore overlooked Huey Newton trial. They serve as a prism to focus on issues such as labor rights and racism. These are the issues which polarized 20th century America and were pivotal in social changes and the conduct of the justice system.


In the forward to her book, Judge Pearlman quotes a Yale Law School's dean: "The quality of a civilization is largely determined by the fairness of its criminal trials..." In this course, the class will not only have the opportunity to judge how America did in the 20th century, but how we are doing today.


Lise Pearlman will be teaching "Landmark Trials of the 20th Century" on Mondays, Oct 1-Nov 5, from 10:00 am-12:00 noon.


 Coming Soon! OLLI Email Forum--Join the project team

If you are a member of a neighborhood or community email list, you know how helpful it can be when you're looking for a plumber or someone who can walk your dog while you're away. Imagine an OLLI community list where you could find people who want to continue the conversation from class, organize an event, or share tips about how to make the most of OLLI.

OLLI member Deborah Goodman and Communications Coordinator Satya Levine are looking for 1-2 people to join the project team and help make this a reality by the opening of the Fall 2012 term. If you are excited by this project and are comfortable with technology (expertise not required), send an email to goodman@comcast.net.


 Call for Volunteers

Volunteering is a great way to meet people and have a good time while helping to promote OLLI. There are a number of volunteer opportunities coming up; check them out below. Have questions or ready to volunteer? Contact Aileen Kim, Program Coordinator, at akkim@berkeley.edu.  



Piedmont Avenue in Oakland hosts Art Walk every third Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. This would be a fabulous place to give out OLLI brochures.



Volunteer to help with set-up or clean-up. The picnic will run from 12:00-2:00 pm and volunteers are needed both before and after.



Be part of the OLLI table at the Solano Stroll (see pictures from past years on our website). Share OLLI with the strollers and wear an OLLI T-shirt--it's lots of fun!



Open House volunteers help with set-up, greeting, registrations, and providing course information, and act as a resource for people who are new to OLLI.


OLLI Faculty Updates

Harry Kreisler was interviewed by students for the Daily Cal. It is a great interview and he mentions OLLI. Thanks, Harry! http://www.dailycal.org/2012/07/12/faces-of-berkeley-harry-kreisler-host-of-conversations-with-history/  


Kathryn Roszak has been awarded a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation towards creating a new dance theater work this fall based on the poetry of Nobel Prize-winning poet Tomas Transtromer. Her company, Danse Lumière, will perform on October 28 in the Osher Studio at the Arpeggio Building, 2055 Center St, in downtown Berkeley, where Ms. Roszak's children and youth program moves this August. This summer Ms. Roszak collaborated with former OLLI instructor Matt Fillingim of UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Lab on a summer dance/science camp featuring the latest discoveries about Mars and Higgs Boson theory. For more info, see www.dlkdance.com.


Philippa Kelly was a guest author on TheaterBayArea.org addressing the question of "Where should American theatres invest their artistic focus and resources - and why?" Read the article here.


On Campus and Around Town


Known as Bay Area's most adventurous orchestra, Berkeley Symphony and Music Director Joana Carneiro bring you their most Defiantly Original season yet in 2012-13 as the orchestra explores the innovators, rebels, illuminators, and idealists of the symphonic world. Each Zellerbach Hall concert will feature a new work by one of the most compelling composers of our time, uniquely paired with great masterpieces.


We invite you to join us and experience these one-of-a-kind symphonic concerts right here in Berkeley. OLLI members receive $5 off single tickets for the 2012-13 Season. Students of the "Dance, Theater, and Music" course also receive a special discount for the Season Opening Concert on October 4. For more information, please visit http://berkeleysymphony.org/about/community/#olli



The UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley presents "Summer Concerts in the Redwood Grove." All concerts are on Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm with a special Sunday show on August 19 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Space is limited. More info




In the Shadow of Hiroshima: Children's Visions of Life


August 10, 4:30 pm
145 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
Documentary Screening: "Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard"
Observance of the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sneak Preview of the film and discussion with writer-director Bryan Reichhardt. Moderated by Keiko Yamanaka, Ethnic Studies and Asian Studies, UC Berkeley.

September 11, 4:00 pm

IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th floor, UC Berkeley

Lecture: "Hiroshima Maidens, Bikini Islanders, and Lucky Dragons: Contesting War Memories and Promoting Peace in Cold War Japan and the US"


A New Way of Learning: PLATO Society-style Discussion Groups

The PLATO (People Learning and Teaching Others) Society is UCLA's famous and original learning in retirement program. A general topic is chosen and 14 members join together to explore aspects of the topic for fifteen weeks, the length of their academic quarter. A coordinator offers a general bibliography, outline, and introduction for the sessions, and the rest is up to the members. To learn more about UCLA's PLATO program, go to: http://www3.uclaextension.edu/plato/


Could OLLI @Berkeley offer a similar group? We are holding a meeting on Friday, September 7, from 2:00-4:00 pm in Room 41C University Hall (2199 Addison St) to assess the interest among our membership for groups using this learning format. Please come to offer opinions and comments so we can get an idea as to the viability of this project. If you have questions, email them to Marian Whitehead at nedra@alum.calberkeley.org.


At the beginning of this summer, a small group of OLLI @Berkeley members met to start a trial discussion group on the subject of "Change." What important changes are now taking place and where will they take us in our future? To learn about the sub-topics which were proposed for this subject, contact Kay Lawson at lawson.kay@gmail.com.


We invite you to join us on September 7 to be at the beginning of an exciting new OLLI @Berkeley venture.


The Lunch Bunch

by Lucille Poskanzer



2144 Center St

Berkeley, CA 94704



Center Street, between Shattuck and Oxford is quickly becoming the venue for a number of small, not-too-expensive restaurants and cafés featuring a panoply of international cuisines. One of the newest is Crunch, with Korean-Japanese-American fusion cuisine. The eclectic menu runs the gamut from bim bim bap to soba and udon noodles, as well as cutlets, croquettes, and sandwiches. And how abut Oreo tempura ice cream for dessert? The quality is pretty good if not terrific. Prices are moderate and portions are enormous enough to share.


Seeking Referrals
Are you a member of a retiree association, whether teachers, health professionals, state workers, or another constituency? We would like to speak to you about reaching out to your colleagues. Please contact Satya Levine at satyalevine@berkeley.edu.


Social Activities


Compare notes about classes, meet new OLLI members, catch up with each other, and catch a bite, and maybe a movie afterwards. Getting together over a beer or a glass of wine is such a nice way to spend a summer afternoon.


Wednesday, September 12, 4:30-6:30 pm

Sportivo Restaurant & Bar

2132 Center St, downtown Berkeley


RSVPs optional. Email Jane Ellison at elljane93@comcast.net.


Member Benefits and Partner News

Berkeley City Commons Friday Lunch Talks

City Commons Club of Berkeley meets every Friday from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm at the Berkeley City Club (2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley) to promote the lively discussion of topics of interest to San Francisco Bay Area residents. Come for lunch or just for the talk.   


NEW! Berkeley Symphony offers $5 discount to OLLI members

OLLI members for the 2012-2013 year can receive a $5 discount on single tickets at the Berkeley Symphony. Use the discount code olli2013. More info


Berkeley Arts and Letters: 50% Discount

Berkeley Arts and Letters offers a 50% student discount to OLLI members. Visit http://berkeleyarts.org for more information.  


Jazz Cafe: 10% Discount
Ongoing through the Spring term, show your OLLI student card and get 10% off on food and non-alcoholic beverages. The Jazz Cafe is located at 2087 Addison Street, just across the street from Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse.


2012-13 Academic Calendar
FALL 2012
Open House: September 11
Term: October 1-November 9

Open House: January 8
Term: January 28-March 11
Holiday: February 18

Open House: March 12
Term: April 1-May 10

Term dates through the 2012-13 academic year are available at: http://olli.berkeley.edu/calendar/academicCalendar.html.

Gift Certificates
Share the sweetness of lifelong learning with a friend or loved one. Take a course together, or explore different interests and discuss what you've learned over lunch after class. Gift certificates are available for OLLI memberships, courses, and workshops. Download an order form or contact the OLLI office (510.642.9934) to purchase a gift certificate.